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Seibertron.com Interviews Ken Christiansen

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Ken Christiansen
Date: Monday, November 25th 2013 5:07am CST
Categories: Book News, Cartoon News, Comic Book News, Game News, Interviews, People News, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Ken Christiansen, Va'al

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With the end of the IDW Transformers: Prime - Beast Hunters comic series upon us, Seibertron.com has decided to sit down and talk to one of its creative team members, and in some ways, the face of it all: read on below for a full exclusive interview with cover, storyboard, videogame and concept artist Ken Christiansen!

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Ken Christiansen


Va'al - Ken, thanks for agreeing to do this. We've featured some of your work before on Seibertron.com, it's about time we got to meet the mind and man behind the artwork! Before we get into the nitty-gritty of your work with Transformers though, I need to ask: where did it all begin for you? How did you first encounter our favourite transforming robots?

KC - Well, thanks for having me! I really appreciate it when you guys post anything about my work, I've been a follower of the site for years.

The show was everything. It was the first episode which sucked me right in - I don't even remember the first figure I had, but I know it was the show that put me all in. I was 10 years old at the time of the launch, and I had slowed down on Star Wars, and was really into GI Joe toys and comics, with He-Man in the mix as well. But Transformers really took over, and knocked even the mighty Joes back a step.

Va'al - Ah, you're one of those! I admit, I like knowing that the current creators all started as fans, brings a lot more to the experience. I was going to ask which figure was your first, but you pre-empted me - so how about this: which was your favourite character or episode from the animated series?

KC - G1 Soundwave, is...and always will be...my favorite character. And he is an early toy I do remember getting, on a Christmas morning. Of course I loved his voice, and how he was Megatron's dependable commander, but the fact he had Transformers INSIDE of him really captured my imagination. And I really liked that, unlike a lot of the figures, he matched up pretty well to the box art, and animation model. I was a stickler for that kind of thing, even back then. Also, I always thought it was cool how he used Laserbeak and Ravage on the show, so they've become synonymous with any vision of Soundwave I have, I always want to try to figure out a way to include them in a figure pose, or a drawing/design I'm working on. (I figure Rumble and Frenzy can take care of themselves!)

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Ken Christiansen


Va'al - I think a lot of fans have a soft spot for Soundwave; he is terribly charismatic after all. You've mentioned your gateway, the toys and what it was that drew you in - but what about the artistic side? Did you read the comics as a kid, or did you start drawing based on box art and cartoons?

KC - I'll admit that I didn't really enjoy the comics, even though I still have the first 60 or so issues to this day - but yes, I did really enjoy the artwork. I loved the show and the toys, but I was always just lukewarm on the comics. That being said, I did probably draw most artistic inspiration from the comics, I remember drawing that cover corner Marvel Optimus Prime a lot. A lot. Another favorite image from those books was the reveal of Predaking, standing in a jungle. I drew that one a lot as well.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Ken Christiansen


The box art images were another inspiration; I didn't have a massive collection by any means, but I did collect the trading cards, so even if I didn't have the toy and/or filecard, I did have nearly every character image from the cards. We had a project in the 4th or 5th Grade, where we wrote a story, and bound it into a book. Mine, of course, was about Autobots fighting Decepticons, carried into battle by the rocket of Omega Supreme. I designed characters back then too, usually military type vehicles, or cars that friends and family drove. I still have that little book, but I'm sure all those other drawings are long gone.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Ken Christiansen


Va'al - That's some great, early KC art there. Must be worth a fortune by now! So if the comics didn't get to you as much back then, what brought you to their world later on? But I suppose, before we get to that, my question is: How did you start working for the franchise in general?

KC - I had been working freelance for about a year after leaving Disney Interactive, and I had just wrapped a series of projects for Activision in late 2005. One of the producers I had been working with asked "Hey, are you into Transformers at all?" I had heard, as did many other fans, that it was being shopped around as a movie, but I didn't know was finally happening, and Activision wanted to go after the franchise. The projects I had just finished were to lock down the Dreamworks games license for the next five or so movies, showing game play, etc. and this was going to be the same thing. Lots of storyboards and game play examples. But it just kept going and going, and it turned into character designs, and in-game production art - I was around for a lot of it, from the very beginning to helping out with marketing images.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Ken Christiansen


The Transformers were a huge part of my childhood, and though I hadn't really followed the franchise overall since then, I did already have the 20th Anniversary MP Optimus Prime, and the Alternator Grimlock Mustang proudly displayed in my studio. Getting the chance to work on the franchise as a professional, really kind of blew my mind. And midway through the production, Hasbro said they were going to make some figures out of my designs... I kind of freaked out.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Ken Christiansen


Va'al - That must be quite the phonecall/email! I've spotted some of the designs that made it into figures on your website - do you have any particular favourites? Which part of working with the new, movieverse, Transformers aesthetics did you enjoy the most?

KC - I was pretty honored that Hasbro/Paramount used the red car drone (AKA Swindle) in the press kits for the film. Of the drones, I think Payload (Armored Truck) and Long Arm (Tow Truck) are my favorites. Long Arm was originally to be an homage to Hoist, colored green and yellow, but was later changed to be the tow truck paint job from the film. I was glad to see the mold reused as a Hoist figure. All of those designs were done based on rough concepts I had seen at the production offices in early 2006. Not until late summer, a bit after I had wrapped on the drone characters, did I start to see marketing images and final movie models start showing up, and that's when I was tasked to do the Shockwave designs. So, that's why he's a little more in line with the film aesthetic - he's not a generic, energon created drone, he was meant to be a Cybertronian, and look more like the movie bots.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Ken Christiansen


While I agreed with the design philosophy from the first movie, I thought that the bots should have shown a little more alt mode elements, so you can really see the connection between forms. With Shockwave I tried to bring it back a little bit to that, with clear iconic character details, and visible alt mode elements. And that's the design philosophy I took into my next Transformers project, the Revenge of the Fallen game.

Va'al - Those are good designs! And that Shockwave looks intriguing, but it looks like DotM Skyhammer took his mode later down the line. How did you find working with videogames, compared to the work you're currently doing on comic covers? And how did that transition happen?

KC - Maybe. To me, the transformation logic is totally different., around the canopy and fuselage. But I did work a bit on the alt mode of the Skyhammer toy, and was given direction to use a Russian Hind for inspiration, but I didn't work on the robot mode. I did three copter drawings, and when the toy came out, it looked like the designers used elements of all three.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Ken Christiansen


I'm not a gamer, but when I'm into a game I like, I kind of get obsessed with it. I thought Luxoflux did a fantastic job with the gameplay of the Revenge game - especially given the short production time, notorious with movie tie-in games - and was really excited to see how they would build on the engine. Sadly, none of that was meant to be. It was the first time I felt that someone captured the essence of a Transformer, being both things at once. I know some people had issues with holding down the trigger, but I much preferred that, to the 'sit and wait to transform' style of other games. My entire career to that point was in the game industry. But after doing the games for so long, I was looking to expand out a little, I wanted to see if I could work directly with IDW and Hasbro.

I took the designs of Megatron, Optimus, and Starscream, from the DLC content of the Revenge game, and did full illustrations of them in comic cover format. I included Bumblebee, Jazz, and Soundwave designs, and pitched myself to Andy Schmidt at IDW, and for a meet up with Aaron Archer at BotCon 2009.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Ken Christiansen


For IDW, Andy had me do the cover to the much-loved, revered, and indisputably go-to source of information, the Transformers: Continuum. Yikes, that one was a bit of a mess, I guess. I never kept up on the IDW relationship, maybe both sides needed that sting to heal a little. And I just got too busy following that meeting with Aaron to come back to the books. Years later, I met John Barber at BotCon 2012, and that's how I got involved with the Rage of the Dinobots and Beast Hunters covers.

Va'al - Ah, the IDW Aligned comics! As an artist who had worked on the movieverse and videogame aesthetics - though WfC and FoC are also part of the new continuity - how did you find adjusting to the sleeker, more rounded style of the two series? And how much were you involved in the series themselves?

KC - Well, doing a wide range of shape styles for what was then called 'tv show' was that first assignment I had from Archer at Hasbro, in 2009, as they were putting the studio together, and hiring the actual production team. I would call myself a concept artist before anything else, so something like coming up with new character designs/versions is what I like to do best. And then about a year later, I worked on some product ideas for the Prime line. At that point, I was working with final character design models from the production's art department. And, every once and awhile I would do some product development, or I was asked to do some character ideas for HasLabs to use as conversation starters for meetings with the show runners. So before the comics, I had a lot of experience working with the shows' aesthetic. I never was a part of the production of the actual show, with Hasbro Studios, but through Hasbro, Inc., I got to play in that universe a bit.

The Cybertron games, on the other hand, I had no experience with the art style. So that was the learning curve for me. I was asked to 'update' the FoC dinobots into a Prime style, with a heavy lean on the FoC style...visually meaning they didn't 'evolve' as much as Team Prime, for example. So I just eliminated some minor details from the FoC versions, and did a 'wrap metal' pass, in the Prime style, at the main form elements of the bots. John Barber OK'd the sketch of Grimlock I did as an example, and I was off and running.

I had nothing to do with what was inside the books; in most cases, I don't think any of the scripts were even completely written at the time I needed to have the cover done, about three months in advance. I'm sure an overview and series arc were long completed though. Barber, then Carlos Guzman, would give me their idea on what was going on in the book, and what they'd like to see on the cover. I'd do some sketches and we'd go from there. I met Mairghread Scott for the first time at BotCon 2013, and we chatted about what was coming up in #7, we pulled Carlos into the conversation, and I did a sketch of it right there at my table. For number 8, Carlos and I chatted at SDCC, and he told me what he was looking for, and Mike Johnson, through email, pretty much said what he'd like to see on the cover. I did those last sketches for Carlos to approve, and that wrapped the series when I turned in the final.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Ken Christiansen


It was a lot of fun to do those covers. I loved the Fall of Cybertron game, so it was a real treat to get to draw those characters, and get reconnected with IDW.

Va'al - I always enjoy hearing stories of how creators come to join the IDW team, they never seem to be the same! So you were working on the comics covers, but still had quite a bit of involvement in other aspects of the Transformers universe. I've seen some designs for characters that never made it on the show, too. What were you doing between the comics? How were you being kept busy?

KC - Relatively, I'm a newbie to comics, with only 13 IDW covers to date. Concept art is my main source of income, since graduating from art school in 1997. Happily, now at least half my workload comes from Hasbro, covering many different brands. Mainly in that first year, it started off with early re-imaginings of core Transformers characters, mixed with some work on Dark of the Moon ideas, and then going back to work on designs for the 13 Primes, and filling out the brand bible, which had used a lot of that earlier character design work, done by myself and other great artists.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Ken Christiansen


After that, HasLabs expanded into a lot of other brands and concepts, that kept me really busy, MASK, Inhumanoids, Micronauts, to name a few. Some of those ideas were teased in that NYCC giveaway comic, Unit:E, if you remember it. And as other designers move to other brands within Hasbro, I've been able to 'travel' with them, and do lot of work on stuff like Star Wars, etc. Always though, I try to stay connected to the big bots, with doing some Hasbro Inc. commissioned work, movie/tv show stuff or product design for example, or licensed work with IDW, and other publishers.

Va'al - So what you're telling us is.. you're everywhere! And we know that some of your art features in the upcoming Covenant of Primus - the result of all the concept work for the Aligned continuity - due early December. Anything you can tell us about that?

KC - Now everyone finally can see it! After years of working with Hasbro off and on, I've only been able to release a grand total of 8 Transformers images. Including Prima, of the 13, which was published previously in the Transformers: Vault. I'm so excited to see the rest of the designs coming out, along with some new art I was asked to contribute, alongside some other great Transformers artists.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Ken Christiansen
Binder of Revelation - Art by Emiliano Santalucia


After working six or so months with Hasbro, they booked me to do four of the 13 Primes. By then I had a pretty good feel of what Aaron Archer was looking for from me, and I had gotten pretty tight with Eric Siebenaler who acted as my art director on previous projects. I was also then introduced to Rik Alvarez, who had sent me a giant document to work from, that he was putting together. A compiled history from the comics and games, and new stuff he had written - basically the bones of the Aligned Continuity. So, under those guys, I went to work. 4 became 6, then 8, then Eric asked if I wanted to do all 13. Of course! But then Takara chimed in, and they wanted to do some images, and they took over the designs of Micronus and Alpha Trion. So I ended up doing 11...and a second version of one of them.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Ken Christiansen


I had never really heard much about it since then, other than Aaron and Rik teased some images at a couple of BotCons, but I really thought they would remain in the vault, the Brand Bible. Last November, I got an email from Tyler Freidenrich from Becker&Mayer, asking if I could do some illustrations for what would be the Covenant. I jumped at the chance, and got to contribute 7 illustrations, a new character design for Unicron, and the cover. And that's about all I can tell you about it. I know what I did, but I've only seen the same trailer for it as everyone else. I was asked to upload every Hasbro image I did related to the Aligned Continuity, beyond just the Primes, but I don't what, if anything more, was included in the book.



So, I'm just as excited as any other fan to see what's in there!

Va'al - I can assure you, a lot of us are really, really excited for this book. I'm not sure what else could hype it up more.. do you have any ideas?

KC - That's great to hear! Hmm...how about a contest for a free copy of the book? On my Facebook page, the Art of Ken Christiansen, I'll be running a 'Like Drive' contest. Participants enter their names into a drawing by making a comment in the page's Cover Photo comments section, saying they shared the page to at least five people. That Cover Photo, (containing all the contest info) signaling the beginning of the contest, will be posted on Monday, November 25th, at 9 AM PST, and ending Sunday, December 8th at midnight PST.

Monday, December 9th, (the day before the book is released) I'll draw the winning name, and announce it by 9 AM PST. That winner will receive a free copy of the Covenant of Primus... AND, I'll insert a custom black and white rendered portrait, of any character of their choosing.

Va'al - Hear that, readers? Head over to Ken's page for a chance to win what looks to be an amazing piece of Transformers lore. Ken, thanks again for agreeing to do this interview with us, we're looking forward to more of your amazing work soon! Any last words?

KC - Thank you - I can't tell you how much I appreciate it!

I do have a couple more things to add. I also put together a new website, kenchristiansen.com, which replaces to old site, badflip.com. Finally I have galleries collecting all the Transformers (and more!) work that I've done, in one easy to find place, rather than have to search through months and years of blog posts on the old Bad Flip Blog. I will keep that blog online, but it will go inactive. The new site has a blog built in, so that's how I'll continue, along with the Facebook page, to make announcements, and post new artwork. And once it's ready, there will also be a online store, to purchase original art, make commission inquiries, and get leftover convention prints and sketchbooks. It's coming very soon, but right now the only way to get that stuff is through the Art of Ken Christiansen on Facebook, or contact me at ken@badflip.com.

Thanks again!

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There you have it, readers - we hope you enjoyed our voyage into the Christiansen world! Join the competition today, follow Ken's work and keep your eyes tuned for more exclusive content, coming soon, to Seibertron.com.

SDCC 2013 Coverage: Jose Delbo Panel Gallery and Video

Transformers News: SDCC 2013 Coverage: Jose Delbo Panel Gallery and Video
Date: Saturday, July 20th 2013 5:29pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Jose Delbo, Seibertron

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Courtesy of Seibertron, directly form San Diego Comic Con, below are a video with around eight minutes from the Jose Delbo panel, and a short gallery of photos from the same session. Delbo has been a comics artist for almost 50 years now, used to illustrate the old Marvel Transformers run and will be making an appearance in the upcoming IDW ReGeneration One #0. Check out the video below, and the full gallery by clicking on any of the images!



SDCC 2013 Coverage: Jose Delbo Panel Gallery and Video

SDCC 2013 Coverage: Jose Delbo Panel Gallery and Video

SDCC 2013 Coverage: Gallery Round-Up - Kre-O Transformers, Playskool's Transformers: Rescue Bots, IDW Panel, & Masters of the Universe Classic

Transformers News: SDCC 2013 Coverage: Gallery Round-Up - Kre-O Transformers, Playskool's Transformers: Rescue Bots, IDW Panel, & Masters of the Universe Classic
Date: Saturday, July 20th 2013 3:12pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, Site News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque

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SDCC 2013 is still going strong, but for the most part the Transformers news is over. Now that the dust has settled we've had time to load the galleries for Kre-O Transformers, Playskool's Transformers: Rescue Bots, the IDW panel, and as a little bonus Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics display! Click the titles or any of the images below to view the full galleries.

Seibertron also attended the Jose Delbo panel, which we will be posting shortly complete with images and video. Delbo worked on the original Marvel run of Transformers comics in the late 80's, and will be returning to work on a few pages of IDW Publishing upcoming Transformers: Regeneration One #0. Stay tuned.



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Ken Christiansen and Marcelo Matere Participating in SDCC 2013 Artist Alley

Transformers News: Ken Christiansen and Marcelo Matere Participating in SDCC 2013 Artist Alley
Date: Tuesday, July 16th 2013 11:51pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Ken Christiansen

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Our friend Ken Christiansen dropped by to let us know he will be participating in the SDCC 2013 Artist Alley. Ken recently provided cover art for the Transformers Prime: Rage of the Dinobots comic series, and will have pieces featured in the upcoming Transformers: The Covenant of Primus hardcover including the book's actual cover hidden away under the interlocking Autobot symbol case. If you're attending the event be sure to visit Ken at table BB-03.

Ken was also kind enough to let us know that his fellow artist Marcelo Matere will by on hand at table EE-21.

It is time. Artist Alley, San Diego Comic Con, find me at BB-03. I will be so happy to see you. Wow, not a lot of time to get ready, lots of traveling lately, including a convention. So I might as well link you to the last post of stuff I'll have on for sale, from just a couple of weeks ago:

Convention Stuff

So, it'll be pretty much the same stuff.

But.

I did put together an all new sketchbook, filled with a lot of the art I've posted on the Blog the last couple of years. Paint tests, studies, etc., from Beast, to Predator, to my own creations, like good ol' Monsterface from just a few posts ago.

Ken Christiansen and Marcelo Matere Participating in SDCC 2013 Artist Alley

This one is 20 Pages, and in full color.

See ya there!

*If you want to have do a commission for you, please bring some reference; I'm traveling light to this one, I'll only have the G1 book with me.

Hasbro SDCC 2013 Panels and Booth Activities

Transformers News: Hasbro SDCC 2013 Panels and Booth Activities
Date: Monday, July 15th 2013 3:39pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, Company News, Event News, Press Releases, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Hasbro

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As promised, here is the official Hasbro schedule for SDCC. Check it out below!

HASBRO COMIC-CON PANELS, AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS & SPECIAL EDITION GIVEAWAYS


PANELS

Every year Hasbro offers an exciting lineup of panels to give fans an inside look at its brands at Comic-Con. In 2013 Hasbro, will present the following panels:

  • Transformers Prime Beast Hunters
    Thursday, 7/18/13, 11:00a.m. - 12:00p.m., Room: 25ABC
    Members of the Hasbro and Hasbro Studios team as well as special guests will give fans a peek behind the curtain of the popular animated series currently airing on the Hub TV Network! Attendees will learn details about the upcoming epic conclusion of the award-winning series including the gPredacons Risingh DVD launching in October and a TV movie event airing on the Hub Network. Room: 25ABC
  • Transformers 30th Anniversary
    Thursday, 7/18/13, 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m., Room: 25ABC
    One of pop-culture's most prolific brands kicks off its 30th Anniversary celebration at Comic-Con International! Join members of the Transformers brand and design team to celebrate the legacy of gRobots in Disguiseh and get a More Than Meets The Eyeh first look at the Thrilling 30 line of special edition action figures and more. Transformers team members will also host some Q+A for your burning Transformers questions! Room 25ABC
  • Hasbro: Star Wars
    Friday, 7/19/12, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Room: 7AB
    Join members of the Hasbro brand and design team including Derryl DePriest (VP, Global Brand Marketing, Hasbro), Jeff Labovitz (Director, Global Brand Marketing, Hasbro) and more as they discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars and Angry Birds Star Wars line. Attendees will also get a sneak peek of upcoming, never before seen action figures. Derryl, Jeff and team will also host some Q+A for your burning Star Wars action figure questions! Room 7AB
  • My Little Pony Friendship is Magic
    Saturday, 7/20/13, 10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m., Room: 25ABC
    Join special guests from Hasbro Studios and The HUB TV Networkfs gMy Little Pony Friendship is Magich as they share details of the making of the popular animated series and how the gfriendshiph and gmagich are brought to life. Fans wonft want to miss it! Also includes Q&A time. Room 25ABC
  • Hasbro: Marvel
    Saturday, 7/20/12, 4:00p.m. - 5:00p.m., Room: 25ABC
    Adam Biehl (Vice President, Global Marvel Line at Hasbro), Jesse Falcon (Director of Hardlines, Marvel), Dwight Stall (Senior Marvel Product Design Manager, Hasbro) and Maalvika Mantripragada (Sr. Manager, Global Marvel Line at Hasbro) discuss Hasbrofs popular Marvel action figure lines. Attendees will also get a sneak peek of upcoming, never before seen action figures. Adam, Jesse, Dwight and Maalvika will also host some Q+A for your burning Marvel action figure questions! Room 25ABC


HASBRO BOOTH EVENTS

Below is a schedule of activity for Hasbro booth (#3329) throughout Comic-Con International including KRE-O, MARVEL, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF and TRANSFORMERS giveaways and autograph sessions for the G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY brands. All giveaways and events are subject to change.

Wednesday, July 17

  • 6:00-6:30p.m.: Zombies invade the Hasbro booth! NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE Special Edition Promo Dart Pack giveaway (while supplies last).

Thursday, July 18

  • 9:00-10:00a.m.: Zombies invade the Hasbro booth! NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE Special Edition Promo Dart Pack giveaway (while supplies last)
  • 10:00-11:30a.m.: KRE-O STAR TREK Building Set Giveaway and KRE-O Coupon Giveaway (while supplies last)
  • 11:30a.m.-noon: KRE=O TRANSFORMERS DEVASTATOR KREON Figure Giveaway (while supplies last)
  • 1:30-2:30p.m.: TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D Special Edition Poster Giveaway (while supplies last)
  • 4:00-5:00p.m. Autograph session with John M. Chu, the director of G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. Tickets are required for participation and will be distributed for free in the Hasbro booth beginning at 9:00a.m. on Thursday morning (while supplies last)

Friday, July 19

  • 9:00-10:00a.m.: KRE-O Special Edition Poster Giveaway (while supplies last)
  • 10:30-11:30a.m.: MY LITTLE PONY Poster Giveaway (while supplies last)
  • 3:30-4:30p.m.: Autograph session with G.I. JOE: RETALIATION actor Ray Park (SNAKE EYES). Tickets are required for participation and will be distributed for free in the Hasbro booth beginning at 9:00a.m. on Thursday morning (while supplies last)
  • 5:00.6:00p.m.: Zombies invade the Hasbro booth! NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE Dart Promo Pack giveaway (while supplies last)

Saturday, July 20

  • 10:00-10:30a.m.: MARVEL'S IRON MAN 3 MINI MUGGS Figure Giveaway (while supplies last)
  • 11:30a.m..noon: Autograph session with MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC cast. Tickets are required for the session and will be distributed beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday in the Hasbro booth while supplies last.
  • 1:00-1:30p.m.: MY LITTLE PONY Hair Extension and Cutie Mark Giveaway while supplies last. The first 475 people in line also receive a complimentary ticket for a 3:00pm EQUESTRIA GIRLS Movie screening on Saturday at Reading Cinemas in the Gaslamp District while supplies last.
  • 4:00-5:30p.m.: KRE-O CITYVILLE INVASION DR. MAYHEM Building Set Giveaway and Coupon Giveaway (while supplies last)
  • 5:30-6:00p.m.: Zombies invade the Hasbro booth! NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE Dart Promo Pack giveaway (while supplies last).

Sunday, July 21

  • 9:00-10:00a.m.: MY LITTLE PONY Poster Giveaway (while supplies last)
  • 10:30-11:30a.m.: KRE-O STAR TREK Building Set Giveaway and Coupon Giveaway (while supplies last)
  • 11:30am-1:00p.m.: Zombies invade the Hasbro booth! NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE Dart Promo Pack giveaway (while supplies last)
  • 1:00-2:30p.m.: KRE-O CITYVILLE INVASION DR. MAYHEM Building Set Giveaway and Coupon Giveaway (while supplies last)
  • 2:30-4:00p.m.: KRE-O TRANSFORMERS DEVASTATOR KREON Figure Giveaway (while supplies last)

IDW Publishing Releases San Diego Comic-Con Schedule for Panels and Signings

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Releases San Diego Comic-Con Schedule for Panels and Signings
Date: Friday, July 12th 2013 12:59pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, Press Releases
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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Our friends at IDW Publishing has sent us a press release revealing their schedule for panels and signing at San Diego Comic-Con.

IDW Sets Its Sights On Comic-Con International

FULL LIST OF IDW’s PANELS AND SIGNINGS RELEASED!



San Diego, CA (July 12, 2013) – IDW has fans clamoring for their highly anticipated exclusives at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and now it’s time to crank the excitement up even higher (you didn’t think that was possible, did you?) and reveal IDW’s panel and signing schedules for the convention! Clear your own schedule, because you won’t want to miss any of this!

BOOTH #2643

Wednesday July 17th Preview Night

6:00 – 7:30 Berkeleyworks: From Bloom County and Beyond – Berkeley Breathed
(*Check out the debut of the Berkeley’s new art book!)
6:00 – 7:30 Worlds of Sam Kieth – Sam Kieth
(*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
6:00 – 7:00 Celebrating The Best of EC: Artist’s Edition – Cathy Gaines-Misfud
(*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)

Thursday July 18th

11:00 – 12:00 ThreeA Presents – Ashley Wood, Kent Williams
(*Check out the show exclusives!)
11:00 – 12:00 Kiss – Chris Ryall, Tom Waltz, Jamal Igle
12:00 – 1:00 Eternal Descent – Llexi Leon, Misha Mansoor
12:00 – 1:00 Jinnrise – Sohaib Awan
1:00 – 2:00 Worlds of Sam Kieth – Sam Kieth
(*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
1:00 – 2:00 America’s Army – M. Zachary Sherman, Scott R. Brooks
2:00 – 3:00 The Crow – James O’Barr, Director Javier Gutierrez
3:00 – 4:00 My Little Pony – Amy Mebberson, Tony Fleecs, Katie Cook, Heather
Nuhfer (*Check out the show exclusives!)
4:00 – 5:00 True Blood – Michael McMillian
5:00 – 6:00 Visual Funk: The Art of Jim Mahfood – Jim Mahfood
5:00 – 6:00 Celebrating Gil Kane’s Spider-Man: Artist’s Edition – Roy Thomas,
Gerry Conway
5:00 – 6:00 Celebrating Al Feldstein: Mad Life & Fantastic Art – Grant Geissman
(*Check out the show exclusives, and Al Feldstein pre-signed sheets!)
6:00 – 7:00 Transformers – Chris Metzen, Livio Ramondelli, John Barber, Flint
Dille, Joana LaFuente, Mike Johnson, Brendan Cahill

Friday July 19th

10:00 – 11:00 Jericho – Dan Shotz, Kalinda Vasquez, Jon Steinberg, Robert
Levine
11:00 – 12:00 The Rocketeer – Mark Waid, Chris Samnee
11:00 – 12:00 The Hollows – Chris Ryall, Sam Kieth
12:00 – 1:00 My Little Pony – Amy Mebberson, Sara Richard, Brenda Hickey,
Heather Nuhfer (*Check out the show exclusives!)
1:00 – 2:00 Cartoon Network Power Hour! Powerpuff Girls – Troy Little
Samurai Jack – Jim Zub, Andy Suriano
1:00 – 2:00 Ghostbusters – Erik Burnham, Luis Antonio Delgado
2:00 – 3:00 Xenozoic Tales: Artist’s Edition – Mark Schultz (*Check out the SDCC-
exclusive hardcover!)
2:00 – 3:00 ThreeA Presents – Kent Williams, Phil Hale, William Wray
(*Check out the show exclusives!)
2:00 – 3:00 Zombies vs Robots Prose – Jeff Conner, Mike Dubisch
3:30 – 4:30 X-Files 20th Anniversary! – Chris Carter, Gillian Anderson, Dean
Haglund, Joe Harris, Joe Corroney (*ticketed signing – See employee for
details; also, check out the Chris Carter exclusive cover!)
5:00 – 6:00 Top Secret Project Reveal! – Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), Marc
Andreyko (*Check out the exclusive ashcan!)
5:00 – 6:00 Berkeleyworks: From Bloom County and Beyond – Berkeley Breathed
(*Check out the debut of the Berkeley’s new art book!)
6:00 – 7:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham,
Andy Kuhn

Saturday July 20th

10:00 – 11:00 Worlds of Sam Kieth – Sam Kieth
(*Check out the show-exclusive hardcover!)
10:00 – 11:00 Judge Dredd – Duane Swierczynski
11:00 – 12:00 ThreeA Presents – Ashley Wood, Kent Williams
(*Check out the show exclusives!)
11:00 – 12:00 Superman:The Silver Age Newspaper Dailies – Dean Mullaney, Sid
Friedfertig (*Check out the debut of the book!)
12:00 – 1:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Erik
Burnham, Andy Kuhn
1:00 – 2:00 My Little Pony –Tony Fleecs, Brenda Hickey, Heather Nuhfer, Andy
Price (*Check out the show exclusives!)
2:00 – 3:00 The Crow – James O’Barr
2:00 – 3:00 Berkeleyworks: From Bloom County and Beyond – Berkeley Breathed
(*Check out the debut of the Berkeley’s new art book!)
3:00 – 4:00 Doctor Who – Tony Lee, Andy Kuhn, Josh Fialkov, Kelly Yates, Scott
Tipton, David Tipton
4:00 – 5:00 G.I. JOE: Cobra Files – Mike Costa
4:00 – 5:00 Top Secret Project Reveal! – Walter Simonson
(*And check out his exclusive Rocketeer hardcover!)
5:00 – 6:00 Xenozoic Tales: Artist’s Edition – Mark Schultz (*Check out the show-
exclusive hardcover!)
5:00 – 6:00 Edison Rex – Chris Roberson, Dennis Culver
5:00 – 6:00 Vitriol The Hunter – Billy Martin (Good Charlotte)
6:00 – 7:00 Star Trek – Mike Johnson, David Messina, Scott Tipton, David Tipton,
Joe Corroney, J.K. Woodward

Sunday July 21st

10:00 – 11:00 Celebrating Al Feldstein: Mad Life & Fantastic Art – Grant Geissman
(*Check out the show exclusives, and Al Feldstein pre-signed sheets!)
11:00 – 12:00 Godzilla – Chris Mowry
11:00 – 12:00 Worlds of Sam Kieth – Sam Kieth
(*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)

12:00 – 2:00 INDEPENDENTS DAY!! IDW Creator-Owned Projects! A murderer’s
Row of talent in one place, all signing together!
Killogy – Alan Robert
Fever Ridge – Michael Heimos
The Other Dead – Joshua Ortega, Digger Mesch
Angora Napkin – Troy Little
Kill Shakespeare – Andy Belanger
Independent Artist – Sam Shearon
Jinnrise – Andrew Huerta

2:00 – 3:00 YOE! Books: Haunted Horror and More – Craig Yoe, Steve Banes
2:00 – 3:00 Top Secret Project Reveal! – Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), Marc
Andreyko (*Check out the exclusive ashcan!)
3:00 – 4:00 Transformers –Livio Ramondelli, John Barber, Joana LaFuente,
Mike Johnson, Mairghread Scott
4:00 – 5:00 America’s Army – M. Zachary Sherman, Scott R. Brooks

And check out all of IDW’s amazing panels this year!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Featuring Kevin Eastman, Thursday, 7/18/13, 10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m., Room: 9
<<10:00–11:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Featuring Kevin Eastman—A special discussion about all things TMNT featuring TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman! Join Eastman and other members of the IDW Publishing TMNT creative brain-trust, including editor Bobby Curnow and writer Tom Waltz, for what promises to be one shell of a fun and informative time! First 100 guests get a free TMNT comic signed by Tom Waltz! Room 9>>

Spotlight on Dean Mullaney, Thursday, 7/18/13, 1:30p.m. - 2:30p.m., Room: 4
<<1:30–2:30 Spotlight on Dean Mullaney—Join Comic-Con special guest, Eisner and Harvey Award-winner and Overstreet Hall of Famer Dean Mullaney (Creative Director, Library of American Comics and founder of Eclipse Comics) for this Q&A session moderated by Ted Adams (CEO/Publisher IDW Publishing). The subjects range from publishing the first graphic novel for the comics shop market in 1978 to preserving the great legacy of America's greatest newspaper cartoonists. Room 4>>

IDW: Focus on Artist's Editions, Thursday, 7/18/13, 3:30p.m. - 4:30p.m., Room: 4
<<3:30–4:30 IDW: Focus on Artist's Editions—Join Artist's Edition editor Scott Dunbier with Moderator Greg Goldstein, IDW President (with a surprise guest or two) as they give attendees a guided tour of what will be happening in the coming year—including some really incredible announcements, and at least one that will have people saying, "didn't see that one coming!" Plus special giveaways, trivia contests, and more! Original art fans, this is the one panel you MUST attend! Room 4>>

Hasbro & IDW: Transformers, My Little Pony, G.I. JOE & More, Friday, 7/19/13, 1:30p.m. - 2:30p.m., Room: 8
<<1:30–2:30 Hasbro & IDW: Transformers, My Little Pony, G.I. JOE & More—Secrets will be revealed and hints will be dropped, courtesy the IDW editorial team of John Barber, Bobby Curnow, and Carlos Guzman, plus Hasbro’s Director, Global Publishing Michael Kelly! They’ll be joined by a powerhouse lineup of fan-favorite creators, ready to answer your questions! Room 8>>

The X-Files with Creator Chris Carter, Friday, 7/19/13, 1:45p.m. - 2:45p.m., Room: 5AB
<<1:45–2:45 The X-Files with Creator Chris Carter—Trust No One… but IDW to bring back The X-Files in a big way. This special panel will feature series creator Chris Carter and “Scully” herself, actress Gillian Anderson, discussing 20 years of the X-Files, the new Season 10 comic, and more! Along for the ride will be moderator and Lone Gunman Dean Haglund, IDW’s Chris Ryall and Denton Tipton, and X-Files: Season 10 writer Joe Harris! Room 5AB>>

IDW: The Panel to End All Panels, Friday, 7/19/13, 4:00p.m. - 5:00p.m., Room: 4
<<4:00–5:00 IDW: The Panel to End All Panels— IDW’s annual panel extravaganza is back! Come hear what Marketing guy Dirk Wood, CCO Chris Ryall, editors Scott Dunbier and Sarah Gaydos, along writer/comedian/actor Taran Killam (SNL), writer Marc Andreyko, comic legends Sam Kieth, Eric Shanower and Walter Simonson, and writer/editor David Wohl have coming your way next year! Room 4>>

Global Comics – Jinnrise and Beyond, Friday, 7/19/13, 10:30 – 11:30a.m., Room 8
<<10:30-11:30 Global Comics - Jinnrise and Beyond Moderator Sohaib Awan lead a discussion centered on the challenges and potential stories global myths offer comic fans here and overseas. Joining Sohaib will be Andrew Huerta (Artist on IDW Publishing's Jinnrise), Tom Taylor (Creator of Gestalt Comics' The Deep and lead writer on DC Comics' Injustice), Alexis Kirsch (Editor of VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump), Wolfgang Bylsma (Editor-in-Chief of Gestalt Comics) and Greg Broadmore (WETA Workshop Lead Concept Designer). Each attendee with receive a signed copy of IDW Publishing's Jinnrise and other items from our panelists' publishers. Room 8>>

Breaking in to Comics with IDW’s Editorial Team, Saturday, 7/20/13, 11:00a.m. - 12:00p.m., Room: 28DE
<<11:00–12:00 Breaking in to Comics with IDW’s Editorial Team— Aspiring creators, this is for you! Come listen to a team of IDW editors, including Chris Ryall, John Barber, Tom Waltz and Jeff Webber, as well as some current IDW creators like Heather Nuhfer and Livio Ramondelli, on what they did, what to do and what not to do, and other arcane bits of information and tips on carving out some creative space in the comic industry! Room 28DE>>

Judge Dredd Comics: IDW & Rebellion, Saturday, 7/20/13, 1:00p.m. - 2:00p.m., Room: 9
20 years in an Iso-Cube if you miss this one! Join moderator Douglas Wolk, IDW’s Chris Ryall, Judge Dredd writer Duane Swierczynski, artist Ulises Farinas, and 2000AD’s Ben Smith, Michael Molcher and Keith Richardson, along with creator Henry Flint, and more for a drokkin’ good time discussing everyone’s favorite Mega-City One judge.

Spotlight on Sam Kieth, Saturday, 7/20/13, 5:00p.m. - 6:00p.m., Room: 9
<<5:00–6:00 Spotlight on Sam Kieth—Sam Kieth is one of the quirkiest and most eccentric artist's in comics. His unique art style and incredible drawing ability have won him legions of fans worldwide. Now, in an extremely rare appearance at Comic-Con, you can join Sam, along with his long-time friend and editor Scott Dunbier, as they have an informal gabfest covering the wild spectrum that is Sam's career (Sandman, Wolverine, The Maxx and much more)—trust us, you will not see another panel like this one all weekend! Room 9>>

YOE! Books Presents: Dr. Fredric Wertham & The Politics of Pre-Code Horror! Saturday, 7/20/13, 7:30p.m. - 8:30p.m., Room: 26AB
<<7:30–8:30 YOE! Books Presents: Pre-Code Comics' Worst Horror: Dr. Fredric Wertham!—Join the award-winning comics historian Craig Yoe, his pal Steve Banes from "The Horrors of It All" blog, and special guests, for a lively discussion and Q&A session about the comics that gave you night terrors, before the U.S. Senate and Dr. Frederic Wertham shut them down during THEIR OWN reign of terror! Hi-jinx, fun, and thoughtful discourse will abound! Room 26AB>>

IDW Kids Comics: A Panel for All Ages! Ponies, Turtles & More!, Sunday, 7/21/13, 11:00a.m. - 12:00p.m., Room: 4

<<11:00–12:00 IDW Kids Comics: A Panel for All Ages! Ponies, Turtles & More!—Editors Chris Ryall, Sarah Gaydos, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz, and a host of amazing creators like Erik Burnham, Heather Nuhfer, Amy Mebberson, Brenda Hickey, and Sara Richard, discuss the growing slate of all-ages titles at IDW -- including My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures, Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Ghostbusters, Popeye, KISS Kids, and more.
Plus, free comics for attendees! Room 4>>

And! Join the IDW All-Stars at these other panels around the show:

Digital First Comics: The New Trend, Friday 2:30 – 3:30, Room 8 – VP Digital Publishing, Jeff Webber
Digital & Print: Friends or Foes? Friday 6:00 – 7:00, Room 9 - VP Digital Publishing, Jeff Webber
Rise of the Independents, Friday 6:00 – 7:00, Room 32AB – VP of Marketing Dirk Wood
Comic Book Entrepeneurs, Saturday 12:00 – 1:00, Room 28DE – CEO/Publisher Ted Adams
The Power of Geek: Brands & Media, Saturday 4:00 – 5:00, Room 28DE - CEO/Publisher Ted Adams
Beautiful Books: Graphic Design Saturday 5:00 – 6:00, Room 4 - SVP/Graphic Designer Robbie Robbins

Whew! This is shaping up to be one heck of a convention, and one of the busiest for IDW; we can’t wait to see you there!


SDCC 2013 Friday Schedule

Transformers News: SDCC 2013 Friday Schedule
Date: Saturday, July 6th 2013 12:19am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): SDCC

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The SDCC 2013 schedule for Friday July 19th has been posted, and sure enough there's something for us Transformers fans! The Hasbro and IDW panel will take place at 1:30 PM in Room 8. The panel will cover Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony and more!

Hasbro and IDW: Transformers, My Little Pony, G.I. Joe, and More
Secrets will be revealed and hints will be dropped, courtesy of the IDW editorial team of John Barber, Bobby Curnow, and Carlos Guzman, plus Hasbro's director for global publishing Michael Kelly. They'll be joined by a powerhouse lineup of fan-favorite creators, including artist Phil Jimenez, ready to answer your questions!
Friday July 19, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

IDW Limited Exclusive Comicfolios

Transformers News: IDW Limited Exclusive Comicfolios
Date: Monday, June 10th 2013 4:57pm CDT
Categories: Collectables, Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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IDW Limited have dropped by with some interesting news for comics collectors. As of tomorrow, they will be opening preorders for a very special set of comics, variants of the ongoing retail issues of various titles. They each come with special added extras and lithographs, as well as being offered for pick-up at BotCon (along standard shipping). Take a look below at what is included with each comicfolio, for the price of $25!


IDW Limited Exclusive Comicfolios



Features:

  • Variant cover comic & exclusive lithograph all packaged in a hand-built, die-cut hardcover portfolio.
  • Order 4 and get the 5th free. (This is the only way the exclusive Transformers: Beast Hunters will be available.)
  • Available for pre-order with a BotCon pick-up option or with standard shipping, ship date just after the show.
  • Also available at the booth at BotCon, and again at SDCC. After that, they're gone.
  • Limited to 250 copies of each.
  • $25 each

Mars Attacks: The Transformers Creator Commentary

Transformers News: Mars Attacks: The Transformers Creator Commentary
Date: Wednesday, January 23rd 2013 7:20pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Transformers Facebook Page

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The official Transformers facebook page has shared an interview with the creative team behind Mars Attacks: The Transformers, writer Shane McCarthy, artist Matt Frank, and colorist Josh Perez. See there thoughts on rather odd crossover in the interview below, which we've mirrored for those without facebook access.

Q: How did you all come to be involved in the MARS ATTACKS: THE TRANSFORMERS crossover?

SHANE MCCARTHY: It was all a bit out of the blue actually. I got an email from [IDW Editor] Carlos Guzman asking if I’d be interested in doing the book. The idea seemed so crazy I couldn’t pass it up.

MATT FRANK: I had been working primarily on Godzilla stuff for the last two years, and somebody must have said “Hey, this guy sure can blow stuff up real good!” and I was asked to make the SDCC exclusive cover for the first issue of the new Mars Attacks series. Apparently it caught on, as I was asked to do a few more covers... and I had also been doing more TRANSFORMERS stuff recently, so I was lucky enough to be asked to do this!

JOSH PEREZ: I brainwashed everyone into thinking I should have a part in this book! Man, I shouldn’t have squandered that wish on that… NAH. Seriously, I think Matt and Carlos wanted me on this book, and I’ve worked with Matt before on Godzilla covers AND Shane before on the DRIFT mini-series.

Q: What were your approaches to working crossover of this nature? Was it something that you found difficult to do?

SHANE MCCARTHY: It wasn’t too difficult once I found the tone I’d like to use when approaching the story. It could have gone a few different ways but I really wanted to go for all out fun. The only stipulation that was given to me by Carlos was that it would be set in the G1 universe, so I figured we could take that a step further and make it a real Mars Attacks Saturday Morning Cartoons. Mixing the two properties was a gold mine for humor, so it was a real pleasure to cut loose and find the fun in all of this.

MATT FRANK: Shane did all the heavy lifting, so it wasn't all that hard for me! Actually, it presented an interesting artistic opportunity – the universe is most emphatically based on the Generation 1 cartoon, so the Transformers and the world around them are relatively simple with that ’80s-animation-style. On the other hand, the Martians are a bit more graphically diverse, so their crazy over-saturated aesthetic is “invading” the cartoon world of the TRANSFORMERS! Thankfully, with Josh’s coloring, they don't look aggressively out-of-place, so it all meshes very well.

JOSH PEREZ: I approached this with glee and smiles. I LOVE that the style of the writing AND the art (both of which are really great in this issue!) were that “’80s G1 Transformers cartoon” style. Rendering the Transformers using their cartoon palettes was fun and made a lot of the work go by quickly! I always love doing cel-shaded books when and where I can, so this issue was fun and easier than the more rendered-looking stuff I do elsewhere—and Matt/Shane gave me a TON of space creatively to do all kinds of fun stuff with the book!

Q: Obviously you all knew about TRANSFORMERS, did you have to do much research on Mars Attacks to prepare yourself for working on this story?

SHANE MCCARTHY: I did a lot of research in finding the right tone and taking elements from the Mars Attacks universe that would suit that. I went right back to the original trading cards and used that as a launching pad for the whole project.

MATT FRANK: We got some nice design documents from Topps, and I had already done some boning-up when working on the earlier covers, so there wasn’t much of a transition for me. A few things I DID research were some of the TRANSFORMERS I had never drawn before... which turned out to be most of them! I had never drawn Prowl or Astrotrain, for example, but thankfully I was gifted a copy of The Complete Ark recently by Chris Mowry, so I had plenty of reference material!

JOSH PEREZ: I always love working with the Transformers brand, and have been for some time now, so I know most of these guys inside-and-out; but the most I knew about Mars Attacks was the movie Tim Burton worked on. I’ve known about the old cards from ’62, but I never really got to look through them, nor have I ever had the chance to work with the Mars Attacks Martians and all that goodness. After receiving some nice references from Topps and IDW, I went CRAZY and ordered a set of the old cards; those are GREAT to look through! I would love to do something with Mars Attacks that’s “painted up” all nice and pretty and graphic like the cards from the ’60s!

Q: What lessons did you take from the previous books you’ve worked on into this one?

SHANE MCCARTHY: Like any project you need to find what interests you and what you think will interest the artist first, especially given we’re the ones that need to feel that excitement to transfer energy onto the page. Once you’ve done that it’s about having a lot fun. The real lesson I took into this was to just enjoy it.

MATT FRANK: For a while I've been struggling with how to differentiate my own TRANSFORMERS “style” from the greats, and several folks began to mention how much they liked the expressions I had been giving these giant robots. So I definitely try to push that as much as I can without making them over-the-top comedic. I had also learned a lot from the previous one-shots I’d worked on, such as busting my hump for tight deadlines without letting the work suffer. The key is a lot of energy drinks and to sleep in 4-hour increments!

JOSH PEREZ: I got to use cel-shading! I actually used it a lot differently for this book than I have in previous; I tried to make my cel-cuts feel similar to those of the cartoon. I watched the G1 series a lot (like I really needed an excuse to do that) to try and match the value shapes that the cartoon used. Again, I absolutely love it when I get a chance to cel-render a book.

Q: How have you found collaborating on the book to be like, and also with IDW editor, Carlos Guzman?

SHANE MCCARTHY: I was thrilled to work with Matt on this. I hadn’t seen his work before so when the first pages started coming through I was blown away. He really captured the spirit of the humor and went a long way to making everything I did look a whole lot better. I’d certainly love to work with him again. Josh is always a pleasure to work with as his colours just escalate any project into the stratosphere. Carlos was another new variable for me and, no surprise, he was fantastic to work with. I need boundaries when I write but hate when someone tries to do my job for me; Carlos was brilliant in setting the parameters and pointing out potential problems but letting me do the fixing. He’s a great team leader.

MATT FRANK: I’d worked with Carlos on Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, and he’s a fine editor with a good head on his shoulders (maybe he can use that quote for his autobiography). He also does a good job of keeping me on track when the deadline’s rushing up to meet us! Josh and I have collaborated since God-Knows-When, and our first major work together was Godzilla: Legends issue 1, so I was thrilled that he was stepping in to help. This was the first time Shane and I had crossed paths, and it was quite an honor—I’m a big fan of All Hail Megatron and I’ve found his work to be reliably snappy and natural in its storytelling structure.

JOSH PEREZ: Let me just say that IDW’s editors are amazing. I’ve worked with Carlos before, but since sometime last year (towards the end of 2011), I’ve been lucky to work with him as often as I do now. As Matt said, he definitely knows how to keep a crew on track—even if we (read: me, myself, and I) can be a pain to deal with sometimes. It’s because of Carlos that I had the insane pleasure to work with two very fun brands: TRANSFORMERS AND Mars Attacks. Thanks man!

Q: After everything is in place, how pleased are all you with the final product? Did you get the same feeling what you saw you’re any of your previous published work?

SHANE MCCARTHY: I’m very pleased with it. I think the whole team did a fantastic job and were all on the same page with how it should be done. It was an effortless pleasure and I hope the fans get a good laugh out of it.

MATT FRANK: It was a riotous good time. My only real caveat is that I’d love to have more time to polish things up or make certain scenes look juuuuuuust right, but deadlines are saviours just as much as they can be destroyers—without them us darn artists will just tweak stuff into oblivion. Overall, I’m QUITE pleased with the final product and am adding it to my personal lexicon of favorite projects!

JOSH PEREZ: While I really do love how the whole book turned out (Shane and Matt are amazing people!), I will always look at my work once it’s all done and see different ways I could have approached what I did… but that’s what it’s like doing anything artistic! You always want to do better than you did before—or at least you should, anyway. I think this book turned out fantastic and I certainly hope everyone will find it enjoyable!

Q: Will we be seeing any of you again on more Transformers books in the near future?

SHANE MCCARTHY: Who knows! I’m doing a lot of creator-owned work these days but I’ll always make time for a journey back to Cybertron whenever possible.

MATT FRANK: I’m actually in the middle of doing a new story for the Transformers Collectors Club, and the subject matter is something I’ve been dying to do for a good while now...but you’ll have to stay tuned, as I’m unsure when I can really talk about it! But it’s gonna be AWESOMELICIOUS, which is not a word! [Editor’s note—plus the just-announced TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT: TRAILCUTTER from IDW and Hasbro, out in April!]

JOSH PEREZ: You can catch my digital-crayon skills in the ongoing Tranformers comic book series: in interiors for TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and on covers for TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE. And hopefully on whatever-else Transformers-related!

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